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About the South Okanagan Women in Need Society

SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society) is a registered local non-profit society that provides services for women who have experienced, or who are at risk of experiencing, violence or abuse in the South Okanagan.

Our administration and outreach counselling offices are located at #102 – 1027 Westminster Avenue W. Penticton, BC V2A 1L4

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What is abuse?

Abuse is characterized by behaviors that are intended to show dominance, superiority and power.  Physical violence is abuse, any form of unwanted sexual activity is abuse, but abuse is more than that.

Abuse is about making you feel small, unworthy and powerless. Sometimes it is as a subtle as a look. Sometimes it is as overt as having to hand over your paycheck; constant texts or monitoring your every move. Sometimes it involves threats to your children, your pets or your family. Sometimes it is neglect. Sometimes it is being manipulated into sexual acts you aren’t comfortable with. Sometimes it is breaking your things.

You’re not crazy, you’re not to blame, you’re not alone. If you find yourself wondering if you need help, please view the link below for more information and contact a SOWINS counsellor today for assistance.


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